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Organic Produce is Better for Kids

by Charlie Nardozzi


Gardeners know organic practices are good for the soil, and now there's evidence organic food is better for our kids as well. For three days University of Washington researchers analyzed urine samples of 18 kids who were eating organic fruits, vegetables, and juices, and 21 kids who were eating conventionally grown food. The study found that the urine of children on the conventional diets had 6 to 9 times higher concentrations of organophosphate pesticides than the urine of kids eating organic food. Organophosphates are neurotoxins that are found in pesticides such as malathion. Organophosphates are being analyzed by the EPA for their threat to children's health. This is yet another reason to grow and buy organic foods.

For more information on this study, go to www.organicconsumers.org/Organic/120702_organic.cfm and http://ehpnet1.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2003/5754/abstract.html

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